Aussie Vietnam veteran Ron Milne is on a good thing growing Indian hemp on the tiny Micronesian island of Lan Laroi. Besides being president, the natives treat him as a god. To the American DEA he is a dangerous criminal. U.S. President Clifford J. Clooney decides to invade.
Onto this island of sun, surf, beautiful women and mysterious ruins arrives Bondi surf journalist Brian Bradshaw. Brian came to find a story, then return home to write it. He didn't expect to get involved in something almost impossible to comprehend, fall in love, and get taken for the ride of his life - literally.
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I knew nothing about this book other than the Australian reading was wonderful. This was a wild riot. It's very rare that I find a story where I'm essentially unable to anticipate anything correctly. I *highly* recommend this. There are also some pretty interesting notes from the author at the end. Two notes I will offer: it's pretty guy-oriented; and, particularly suited to those who believe that George W. Bush is the Worst. President. Ever.
Barrett has a great voice, very charming, and within minutes I thought I was listening to an old buddy spin a tale. The story has a few racy scenes, a few violent episodes, and some hokey sci-fi fantasy stuff - all of which the author melds into one ripper of a story.
The story is entertaining, with lots of prate falls and political comedy. I'm definitely listening to more of Barrett's books.
this book i thought was a part 2 of the original but it is the same book slightly different title
would but already listened to the other
I am usually fond of Aussie writers and narrators.
Then I got this book. One would find more
entertaining writing in a South Seas travelogue
and more information in a Micronesian cookbook.
The author dwelled on the food, the scenery and
occasionally, on sexually explicit scenes that
had all the luridness of a gynecological examination. Occasionally, he referred to the plot, but mostly, not. The main characters
were unanimated and one dimensional. Instead of
providing personal detail sufficient to fill them out, the author seemed to think that providing
details about their surfing techniques, their surf boards and the rock music they listened to would tell the readers all they needed to know
about the protagonists. The narrator, perhaps
hampered by the author's poor writing, was unable to give the reading any life. After awhile, the
Aussie accents, which I find pleasant enough
in general, became a major source of irritation. Especially that of the main protagonist, Bron (Brian), who I fervently wished would be killed off long before I was halfway through, just
because of how he talked. I did not finish the
recording. I hope the author has a day job.
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